design – plan, aim, blueprint, outline, pattern, intention, purpose, point, target, goal
Two encounters in the past two days reminded me of God’s faithfulness to adjust (correct, fine-tune, change, alter, regulate, amend, modify, tweak) us for His glory. I encourage you to acknowledge daily that God’s design for your life is much greater than anything you can imagine!
Yesterday, my gym held an Open House event with outside vendors. While I excitedly anticipated a complimentary eyebrow waxing, I arrived to discover that the waxing vendor never confirmed – and I’d even called her myself a few days prior to see what time she’d be at the gym. (Maybe it sounds like overkill, but if you’d seen the fuzzy caterpillars on my forehead, you’d understand my urgency with nailing down this time and date of service). Nevertheless, God had an even more delightful treat in store for me. As I went to change into my workout clothes, I spotted makeup artist Sissy Duncan (and her seemingly endless array of eye, cheek, and lip palettes – oooh, aaah!) set up in the bathroom – this was a definite “goodie” upgrade, and a motivating incentive for me to finish my entire 30-minute date with the elliptical machine to earn this treat.
After drying off and cooling down, I eagerly hopped into her chair and she went to work on my face for a 10-minute touch-up. She gave me a natural look, but it was polished and refined (quite an enhancement since I hadn’t put on any makeup before leaving the house that morning). I left feeling significantly prettier, but I couldn’t see the details under the gym bathroom’s lighting. I knew I looked better leaving than when I’d walked in, but I didn’t notice how dramatic the difference was until I got onto the mirrored elevator back in my building – 5 blocks up the street. I literally did a double take when I saw the impact of the “smoky eye” technique…I said, “This girl’s work is absolutely slammin’!” While her concealer worked wonders, she brought out a light in my eyes I didn’t know was there! I do a pretty good job with my own makeup when I put effort into getting all “gussied up,” but Sissy made it obvious that technique, experience, and quality products make a world of difference. Not only was she well-trained, but she was dedicated to passionately perfecting her craft for ultimate customer satisfaction.
As her business name implies, I left Sissy’s presence feeling Simply Beautiful. When I willingly yielded to being malleable clay in her hands, she created a work that improved upon the original. God will do the same with us when we choose to obey His way instead of stubbornly resisting (or refusing!) the work of His molding, shaping, and sculpting tools in our lives.
One of my teammates has been developing a database for the past few months. This morning, she asked to view something on my screen because it looked weird on hers. Peering at my screen, she murmured, “You’re definitely supposed to see that “Upcoming Action Items” field, and the “Create” button is off…too far to the right.” I thought it looked a bit strange, but I had no frame of reference or specifications to compare it to. Since she helped design it from scratch, she immediately noticed the inconsistency, discrepancy, and contradiction between “what is” and “what should be.” Not only was she able to detect an issue, but she knew how to fix it!
She thanked me for my time, then headed back to her desk to work out the bugs. I sensed her irritation and slight annoyance that it wasn’t working as intended. Could it be that God feels the same way when we don’t walk in the path He’s laid out for us? How are we “showing up” as His children? Do our actions “look weird” or incongruent with our professed Christian witness on the screen of life because we’re “a bit off”…too far to one side or the other? Let us commit each day to walk in obedience – according to the design of God’s plan for our lives. After all, He is sovereign!
“O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
© Copyright 2011 by Kayren J. Cathcart